Woman found unconscious in street, later dies

Tempie Kitchin Kerr

December 29, 2010 8:36:56 PM PST
Raleigh Police are investigating the death of a woman who was found unconscious face down in the street Tuesday night.Authorities say they are trying to piece together what happened, but they do not suspect foul play.

A man called 911 after finding the woman bleeding around 9:30 p.m.

"There is a woman laying in the street," the caller told a 911 dispatcher. "Can't tell if she was hit by a car, if jumped from a car. She is bleeding. All I did is, I was coming down the street, and I saw this woman laying here in the road and there is blood coming all over the street."

The man told ABC11 Eyewitness News Wednesday that a dark SUV, driving erratically, passed him just minutes before he came upon 34-year-old Tempie Kitchin Kerr lying in the road, at St. Mary's Street and Glenwood Avenue.

He says other witnesses say they saw Kerr getting out of a similar car at that intersection.

Police say Kerr was in a car with a man named Chadwick Whichard, who was later arrested for DWI.

According to court records, Whichard has a number of traffic violations and in 2003 he pled guilty to DWI.

Authorities have not said why Whichard let Kerr out at that intersection or how she died.

Nearby resident Thomas Barnes says he had just come home from work when he noticed police on St. Mary's Street Tuesday night.

"They had blocked off the on ramp to St. Mary Street and by the time it was all said and done, I think there were probably five or six police cars fully blocking the intersection and blocking traffic," Barnes said. "I'd crossed my fingers hoping that nobody had been hurt, but it sounds like it was quite the opposite."

Officials have not released any other details about the incident.

Raleigh Police continue to investigate. They are asking the public to call them if anyone has any information about the case.

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